ORIEL – Watch The New Adventures of A Self-Aware, Horny, Malicious Puppet

Don’t let yourself influenced by the childish first impression you might have about the series. Oriel – A Fantastic Journey is way more than that.

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The new unconventional video fairytale master-minded by Romanian filmmaker and director Nicu Stanescu is probably one of the most well-structured and well-thought recent film projects in the country. The team behind the project is completed by Silvia Stanescu (Oriel’s voice), Dan Macrineanu (composer) and Stanescu Florentina (costume designer / makeup artist).

The stop-motion animation follows the story of a doll named Oriel, who starts an adventure in a self-imposed quest of finding its creator, who apparently abandoned it.

The creators want to bring a new kind of artistic movement in Romania. And at a first sight I’d say it looks quite promissing. “[Oriel] is going to be the first animation movie, a virtual and real creativity combination from Romania, after 1989, when Gopo and the animation Romanian era died together”, they say on their Vimeo channel. “We want to revive and promote the animation feature film. Let’s start in a fantastic journey and discover a fairy tale together with Oriel. Be ready to have a good laughter, sometimes some spilled tears during the adventure seek”.

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The style is an original mix of Nickelodeon alike animation, dark, adult-humour and fine metaphors. Familiar subjects as friendship or betrayal, combined with smart lines in unexpected situations and a bizarre, almost surreal environment result in an interesting, easy to digest show.

The first episode of Oriel was released on July 8th on YouTube. The truth is, after watching its first 5 minutes I was starting to think the whole action was going to be a remake after Pinocchio, an adapted-to-our-days kind of story. The really, really  good stuff comes when Oriel, the innocent, cute-voiced, slightly melodramatic puppet stops its mind-flow by shouting an epic ‘Fuck, it’s me again!’.

That was the point when I concluded “Hey, this really is an adult-orientated animation!”. Afterwards, everything became clearer and clearer. Oriel gets suspiciously, Chucky-ish angry. The puppet’s inner struggle becomes ridiculously serious. He smashes things, he swears like a sailor, he hatches machiavellian plans and erotic vendettas. 

The facts are even more contemporary while Oriel, a male doll, seems to be also gay, by the obsession he shows for his male creator. But after the following scene, all that ‘gayness’ disappears: 

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“I’m not that handsome. I would’ve wanted to look sexier. Like Johnny Deep, or Keanu Reeves, or Matt Damon… Or like fucking Ken? O yes, like Ken… Barbie’s gazebo! Oh God, Barbie! What a chick! Goddamn slim long legs, round tits, sensual lips! If I’had looked like Ken, I would’ve fucked Barbie nonstop. Since morning ‘till evening. On bed, under the bed, on the table, on the carpet… in the sink, on the chandelier, on the window, in the closet… GOD! *he cums*”.

Good job, guys. You got yourself a loyal follower today!

Watch here the first episode:

Follow Nicu Stanescu on YouTube.  Photos via Screenshots and ORIEL Facebook.

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Romanian self-taught writer, interested in contemporary art, unconventional culture and gonzo journalism. He's been writing for almost a decade while doing shitty jobs for a living. He's agnostic, supports a censorship-free world, he reads way less than he wants and he enjoys feminist porn.

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